Over the past few days, as the cold hard reality sunk in for him that Michael Flynn was selling him out in doomsday fashion, we’ve been waiting to see how Donald Trump would take the news. Based on some of his Twitter eruptions over the weekend, the answer appeared to be “not particularly well.” Now that the week has officially begun and he’s back on a real schedule, we’re getting a chance to see whether he’s able to move past it. Today revealed that he’s not moving past anything.
This morning, about two hours later than his weekday Twitter rants usually begin, Donald Trump tweeted this beauty: “We should have a contest as to which of the Networks, plus CNN and not including Fox, is the most dishonest, corrupt and/or distorted in its political coverage of your favorite President (me). They are all bad. Winner to receive the FAKE NEWS TROPHY!”
The tweet was met with such widespread derision that “FAKE NEWS TROPHY” immediately began trending on Twitter as people rushed in to make fun of him. Undeterred by reality, Trump then went on to specifically attack MSNBC Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough at random. None of it made the least bit of sense; it was merely Trump going completely berserk in profoundly stupid fashion. But there may be more to it.
This is the second time of late in which Donald Trump has used the “your favorite President (me)” remark in a tweet. Various observers have pointed out that it doesn’t sound particularly like him. That led to questions of whether Trump is even writing these tweets. Throw in the fact that his Twitter rant began this morning about two hours later than usual, and it does raise the question of whether an adviser is now tweeting this crap to try to keep up appearances. That would be even worse news for Trump, as it would mean he’s given up trying.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report